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covid-19; 700 families benefits from MCRP palliative in Maiha

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COVID-19: 700 families benefit from MCRP palliative in Maiha

By The Periscope reporter

Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project MCRP, for northeastern Nigeria, Monday distributed food commodities as palliative measure, targeting 700 most vulnerable families affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in Maiha Local Government Area, Northern Senatorial District of Adamawa state, Northeast Nigeria.

MCRP is a World Bank assisted programme aimed designed to support the government of Nigeria towards rehabilitating and improving critical service delivery infrastructure, improve the livelihood opportunities of conflict and displacement-affected communities, and strengthen social cohesion in the North East Participating States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa; and in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, to provide immediate and effective response to said eligible crisis or emergency.

MCRP has four components; the first being strengthening peace building, stability and social cohesion. The focus is on: transitional support toward stabilization and self-reliance by increasing and improving the access to basic necessity kits, and restoring immediate access to productive assets by providing agricultural inputs and livestock for farming families and trading commodities for non-farmers.

The second is the infrastructure rehabilitation and service delivery restoration and improvement. This component will include the rehabilitation of critical physical infrastructure and the sustainable restoration of service delivery.

The third is the technical assistance and program management support. This component will include TA for strengthening the institutional capacity for the coordination of the programmatic recovery program, in line with the Buhari Plan and the RPBA and strengthening the MCRP implementation capacity. Support for overall programmatic and policy coordination at the federal, interstate, and intrastate levels will include the provision of TA for the development of implementation and performance management frameworks for programmatic recovery.

The fourth component is the contingent emergency response.

The entire local government areas of Borno and Yobe states are participating in the programme, while the activities of MCRP in Adamawa state covers only seven local government areas ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency. These are Madagali, Maiha, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, Gombi and Hong local governments.

The scheme has previously empowered vulnerable beneficiaries with agricultural inputs, house utensils, skills acquisition training and empowerment and food items.

Empowering beneficiaries with livestock would have been carried out. Service provider was already contracted. It was however suspended till further notice owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, the current distribution of food items as palliative measure to cushion down the effect of lockdown occasioned by covid-19 pandemic, is so far, the most transparent, where beneficiaries are invited in the open, though not been unmindful of the physical distancing, the Periscope investigation can reveal.

Mr. Haruna H. Furo the project manager CI, is the leader of the MCRP delegation. He was in company of other MCRP members, representatives of ADSEMA and security agencies to facilitate the distribution of the food items to 700 identified beneficiaries across Maiha LGA.

In a letter addressed to the LGA Chairman, with the heading: INTRODUCING MCRP FOOD ITEMS SUPPORT TO 1000 MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN MAIHA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, dated May 7, 2020, signed by Mr Furo on behalf of the project coordinator, MCRP has notified that it would carry out its activities in Maiha.

“I wish to inform you that MCRP will, as part of its corporate social responsibilities, embark on the distribution of palliative (food items) to a targeted 700 most vulnerable families affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in your LGA on Tuesday 12th May, 2020, starting from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

“You are with the forgoing, requested to accord the team all the necessary support that may be required, including providing adequate security cover to both the team and the beneficiaries as the distribution pattern will be on non-contact basis.

“We look forward for your kind support and understanding, please,” the letter read.

Even though the exercise was slated for Tuesday 12th May, it was however carried out on Monday 11th May, 2020.

The food items distributed to each of the 700 most vulnerable families include;
Rice, 5kg
Maize, 2kg
Beans, 2kg
Groundnut Oil, 1ltr
Spice, 1 packet
Salt, 500g.

In his remarks, the Hon. Chairman Maiha local government, Dr. Idi Amin Pakka, having commended the MCRP initiative, expressed his heart-felt appreciation for the food security intervention in the face of COVID-19.

Idi said that following the lockdown order, people of his community found it extremely difficult to get what to eat, especially in this crucial time. Therefore, the palliative, would go a long way in assuaging the plight of his people.

Speaking with the Periscope reporter, Idi said he has provided adequate security for a hitch free exercise in addition to ensuring an effective, efficient and even distribution of the food items to the targeted families across the LGA, transparently too.

The exercise, Idi said, has also taken consideration of the use of face masks. Social distancing was also observed.

To be able to address the stress and financial constraints, in addition to the avoiding crowd, the beneficiaries of the palliative in Konkol, Belel and Sorau, districts, Maiha local authority has decided to take the palliative to individual districts for distribution.

Idi ardently assured that more support, more palliative would be pursued with vigour with a view to getting the vulnerable families out of hunger.

The beneficiaries thanked the MCRP Project Manager and the entire team for the Palliatives, which they said, would go a long way in cushioning down the effect of the stay-at-home and other orders.

Having commended the chairman of Maiha local government for his support, without which the exercise could not be effective, a beneficiary pleaded with the chairman to do more to be able to restore electricity in Maiha.

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

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Gov. Buni Mourns Emir of Zazzau

Yobe state Governor and Chairman APC Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee, Hon. Mai Mala Buni has commiserated with the government and people of Kaduna state over the death of the Emir of Zaria, Alhaji Shehu Idris.

Governor Buni described the death as a loss of a  nationalist who dedicated his life to the service of Nigerians.

The late Emir was a bridge builder who threw the doors of his domain open, accommodating all Nigerians irrespective of cultural, ethnic and religious differences.

“Late Shehu Idris built a mini Nigeria in Zaria where everyone lived and freely pursued their legitimate means of livelihood.”

He will be remembered for providing conducive environment to host numerous educational institutions and, making Zaria a citadel of learning in Nigeria.

Governor Buni prayed Almighty Allah to forgive his shortcomings and to grant him Aljannatur Firdaus.

The Governor also prayed Allah to give his family, Zaria emirate, government and people of Kaduna state and, Nigerians the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Signed
Mamman Mohammed
DG Press and Media Affairs to Gov. Buni.

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

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Biu Emirate loses Kuthi at the age of 80

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

The Kuthi (Emir) of Biu, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu has died at the age of 80 .

Confirming the death, the Borno state government through the commissioner of Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Hon. Babakura Abba Jatau said “Inna Lillahi wa innah ilayhi rajiun his royal highness the emir of Biu Mai Umar Mustapha Aliyu has answered the call of Allah Subuhanahu wa Taa La””

“Appointed June 1989 the late emir died this morning at the age of 80. He will be laid to rest in Biu by 2pm today Tuesday, 15 September, 2020 according to palace source may his soul rest in perfect peace.,” The statement added.

An emirate source told our correspondent that the Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu died at the Federal Medical Centre Gombe at about 8;45 pm on Monday night after a protracted illness.

“As I am talking now (10;35am) we just received the corpse of the Late Kuthi and the funeral prayer is scheduled to take place by 2;00pm today”, the source added.

The Late Emir who succeeded his father Alhaji Mustapha Aliyu was appointed in June 1989 and has spent 31 years as the Kuthi of Biu.

Late Alhaji Umar Mustapha Aliyu was the 28th Emir of Biu and started his career as vetinery officer in Biu with Borno state government and was appointed the District head of Biu in 1975 and later appointed Emir of Biu in June 1989.

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods gets to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

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FG adopts air drop strategy to ensure foods get to IDPs inaccessible communities in Northeast

By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri

Worried by the plight of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) taking refuge in inaccessible areas, the Federal Government through the National Humanitarian Coordination Committee has adopted an air drop strategy to ensure that foods get to the IDPs in the hard to reached communities in the Northeast

While speaking to newsmen shortly after the ascimilation exercise demonstrated by troops of the Nigerian Air Force the Air drop strategy at the Maiduguri International Airport during the weekend, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Faruk said “we are adopting this strategy to ensure that our IDPs in hard to reached areas are benefited. The Air drops strategy which in collaboration with the troops of the Nigerian Air force is not a new strategy, it has been used in 2018 in Kala- Balge local government” and we adopting to ensure effective and efficient delivery”.

“the issues around inaccessible areas, areas where humanitarian aid workers cannot access. We are collaborating with the Nigerian Airforce to support us with air drop of food items to communities and areas that are not accessible. We have identified four areas which includes Rann, Mary’s, Damboa omang other communities, we are here to see the ascilmilation exercise of the air drop with a view to see how it will work and If there is any challenges, we will go back to the drawing board and correct it “, the minister added.

The Minister further said “the Air drop distribution is targeted at 26,067 households, totaling 156,402 individuals.. We are going sit-down with the Borno state government this night with a view to see how best all the hard to reach areas can be reached.”.

Hajiya faruk said “the government has.put in place measures to.ensure that the food items doesn’t get into the hards of insurgents through air surveillance and identification of real beneficiaries. The foods to distributed I Clyde’s 26*067 22.5kg of rice, 26,067 2.5 kg of beans, 26,067 12.5kg of maize and Millet, 4,394 packets of 20 grammes iiofizef salt, 2,604 of 29 litres vegetables oil, 4,345 cartons if superghetti and 2,173 cartons of seasoning cubes “

Earlier, the Air Taskforce Commander, Air commodore Precious Amadi said “the purpose is in case for any reason the foods cannot transported by road,, we will use air drop strategy to take food to the people by ayur. The Nigerian Aurforrce has the capacity to drop foods to people in inaccessible areas. We will do it whenever we are call to do so”

While on a courtesy call to the Borno state Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum, the Minister said ” we are here on behalf of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the National Humanitarian Coordination.committee to see how we can ensure no one is starve by ensuring food get to those in.hsrd to reach areas.”

Hajiya Faruk said “at a meeting held with the Vice President on 4th September 2020, it was discussed that accessibility issues faced by INGOs operating in
the NorthEast due to insecurity, floods or terrain, could be mitigated with the support of the security services and as outlined in the joint CiSEC Communique signed at the end of the 3 day Civil Security Cooperation Workshop held in Maiduguri from 6th–8th November 2019.The Communique highlights the need for Civil Security Cooperation to ensure the conduct of seamless humanitarian
activities.”

” Your Excellency, the CiSEC structures provide the relevant platform for the essential dialogue and interaction required between humanitarian\civilian and security actors that it is necessary to pursue common goals which protect and support persons of concern affected by emergencies created by wars, armed conflicts,and terrorism;
natural and secondary catastrophes; and technological and environmental disasters.”. She further stressed.

She stressed that “however,to ensure that we are able to provide adequate support, I wish to request that the State Government provide the
necessary information required to enable collaboration with the
Nigerian Airforce to drop food and non-food items in locations that
have been made inaccessible due to insecurity or the recent floods.”

She said ,the Managing Directoror NorthEast Development Commission NED and the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA will work with the Borno state team to ascertain and provide the NHCC with the required information to
ensure that the interventions provided are prioritise,and the needs and are
sufficient for the identified vulnerable communities”

Responding the Borno state Governor Professor Babagana Zulum represented by his Deputy, Alhaji Umar Kadafur said “we are working hard to see that we resettle all IFPs in the state volunteraliy , because they eager to go back to their communities. We have even commenced resettlement of our IDPs with the returned of the IDPs from.Auno, Ajiri, Kawuri and very soon we are going to resstlle the people of Baga, Ashigashiya and Ngoshe”.

Whe thanking the Federal Government for the support that have rendering to the IDPs in the Northeast, Governor Zulum assured that the Borno state government will work closely and support the Federal government to ensure all the food items get to the beneficiaries and no IDPs is starved.

The minister accompanied by the Borno state Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Kadafur, the Managing Director, NEDC Alhaji Goni Alkali, the DG NEMA Alh. Mohammed T Mohammed and others dignitaries inspects the food items at the NEMA store in Maiduguri.

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